MEET THE TEAM
Nick Barton (CEO / Executive Director)
Nick Barton is President and CEO of K2K. He is a decorated and respected freestyle Jetski champion and the driving force behind the Krash brand and design of the Krash product range including the KV 997 Drivetrain. It was Nick’s vision that lead to the formation of the business and he has been instrumental in its growth.
Nick is trained in mechanical engineering, majoring in composite construction and CAD design.
Chris Barton (COO / Executive Director)
Chris is currently the Managing Director of Source Asia Co Ltd. (Thailand) and Director of Global Strategic Operations for KRASH Industries. Chris has a degree from the University of Melbourne with majors in Psychology and Economics. Chris’ career highlights include being the founder of Wavelength wetsuits and owner of Piping Hot. Both surf labels were hugely popular in the early 90’s and reached international proportions.
Chris built the Wavelength business from the ground up and at one stage was the largest employer on Victoria’s Southern Peninsula. To remain internationally competitive, he moved wetsuit manufacturing to Thailand in 1987 establishing Onsmooth Thai Co Ltd. Onsmooth remains to this day Rip Curl’s primary wetsuit manufacturing division.
Tyson McGeoch (Financial Controller)
Tyson joined Krash as the Financial Controller at the end of 2017. Tyson graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of
Business & Commerce and went on to become a Chartered Accountant in 2009.
With over 12 years of Accounting and business experience, Tyson has worked as a senior accountant at Bell Partners, before moving
into industry roles with Centro Properties Groups, Hertz Australia and Fund Reporting at Vicinity Centres.
Steve Newman (Non- Executive Director)
Steve is Executive Officer of Global R&D & Chief Technical Officer of Menicon Co., Ltd. and splits his time between Japan and Singapore. He has 40+ years of experience in the contact lens industry, particularly in the area of manufacturing and lens design. He holds numerous patents in the area of toric and aberration managed contact lens designs, unique manufacturing methods, materials and contact lens packaging (particularly in the flat pack technology).
As a result of various third party licenses he ultimately moved to Singapore where he established that country’s first mass production contact lens plant via cast moulding. The company ultimately grew to become the Igel Visioncare Group and had branches and manufacturing facilities throughout SE Asia.
As CEO he was responsible for all activities of the company, including the development of manufacturing plants, products and regulatory accreditation that would allow access to all global markets, including the USA and Japan.